So Dr. Shields of Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital helped to write new national guidelines. He led a team of 26 top experts to set standards for the treatment and sport of patients who smoke. The guidelines call for doctors to step up the use of medications and replacement products in cancer patients.
Offer more intensive one on one counseling and keep much more detailed records about the cancer patients smoking status and their attempts to quit in their medical file.
That information is crucial because smoking can not only impact cancer treatment effectiveness, but can put patients at greater risk of relapse or additional cancers.